Point guard JoJo Walker has committed to the University of Portland, according to a report from Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. Although not a widely recognized recruit, Walker has the ability to aid the Pilots’ attack right off the bat upon arriving on campus next year.
The 6-1, 160-pound Walker, who graduates in 2017, is ranked 256th nationally. Last season, at St. Joseph High School in Santa Maria, California, he filled up the stat sheet by averaging 18.7 points, 5.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.
Several months ago, Walker played at the EYBL in Hampton and the results were impressive. According to Eric Bossi and Krysten Peek of Rivals.com, Walker made some tough jump shots en route to 17 points.
The University of Portland may not seem like a high-profiled basketball program, but remember, ex-NBA star Terry Porter has now taken the reigns as head coach of the men’s basketball team. Porter, who spent the majority of his NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers, also has some head coaching experience in the NBA, having coached both the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns.
The Portland Pilots need all the assistance they can get, so his eventual addition should prove helpful. In 2015-2016, Portland went 12-20, going 6-12 in West Coast Conference play and finishing seventh in the conference overall.
When Walker officially becomes a member of the team for the 2017-2018 season, he will likely be joining D’Marques Tyson in the Portland backcourt. Tyson, now entering his junior season, was one of Portland’s top scorers last year.